G. barbadense L. was named after its assumed habitat of Barbados . It has been known by alternative scientific names as Gossypium evertum , Gossypium peruvianum , Gossypium vitifolium and Gossypium brasiliense ( USDA 2006). It is commonly known as Creole cotton, Egyptian cotton, extra long-staple or ELS cotton, Indian cotton, Sea Island cotton or [[w:Pima cotton|Pima cotton.
Gossypium hirsutum L . was named due to its hairiness ( hirsute ), although it has also been referred to as Gossypium hirsutum ssp. latifolium, Gossypium hirsutum var. punctatum , Gossypium jamaicense, Gossypium mexicanum, Gossypium morrillii , Gossypium punctatum , Gossypium purpurascens , Gossypium religiosum , Gossypium schottii , Gossypium taitense and Gossypium tridens. It is commonly known as upland cotton, American cotton or Mexican cotton.p.1 (The Biology of Gossypium hirsutum L. and Gossypium barbadense L. (cotton) Version)
Archaeological records indicate that Gossypium fibre has been used since 6000 BC. A Gossypium thread, used to string copper beads, from w:MehrgarhMehrgarh in Pakistan has been dated at 6th millennium BC.C. Moulherat, et al.,(2002).), in P.5 (The Biology of Gossypium hirsutum L. and Gossypium barbadense L. (cotton) Version)
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